Juventus claimed their fifth successive Serie A title after Radja Nainggolan’s dramatic winner at the death handed Roma a 1-0 win over Napoli at Stadio Olimpico on Monday afternoon.
- Roma 1 Napoli 0
- Salah blasts over the bar early on
- Callejon goal disallowed for offside
- Szczesny saves twice in six minutes
- Nainggolan scores on 89 minutes
- Defeat crowns Juventus as champions
Mohamed Salah wasted an early opportunity for the home side to take the lead, blasting over the bar after a poor clearance from Hysaj.
Dries Mertens then put Jose Callejon through, but the forward’s goal was rightfully disallowed for offside as Roma were let off the hook.
With time running out, Totti, Maicon and Salah combined to set up Nainggolan, who curled the ball past Reina for the winner one minute before the end of regular time to decide the Serie A season.
It was an open and entertaining match, full of chances and good defending, ending in a 1-0 win for Roma, a result that was celebrated by the home side and a team that didn’t feature in the match.
Radja Nainggolan’s well-worked goal against the run of play on 89 minutes not only helped secure his team hold onto the coveted third spot in the league table, but also handed Juventus their fifth consecutive Scudetto, leading to wild celebrations in Turin:
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Napoli’s place in the Champions League is all but secured, and they are also now within one win of second place in the league.
Mohamed Salah had an early chance to put the home side in front after pouncing on a poor clearance from Napoli defender Hysaj. Sadly for the Egyptian, his powerful shot from just outside the box failed to find the mark.
Roma enjoyed the greater share of possession for large portions of the first half without really testing the Napoli defence.
The visitors made better use of their opportunities, but were denied by Szczesny, Rudiger and the offside flag, the latter being deployed after Callejon ran onto a lovely through-ball from a misfiring Mertens and finished past the Roma keeper.
Roma’s best chance in the first half was created by the ever-threatening Salah and eventual match-winner Nainggolan, the two combining nicely to set up a chance that was only prevented by some cynical defending from Ghoulam and Koulibaly. The two Napoli defenders were both booked for their ugly challenges on the Roma players.
Just before half-time, Higuain and Mertens combined to set up Hamsik, who smashed his effort over the crossbar.
It took fifteen minutes before the second half’s first chance was created. Maicon ran onto Nainggolan’s pass and fired a powerful shot across Reina’s goal, however the former Liverpool keeper did well though to divert the shot away from goal.
Mertens then had two good chances in four minutes, but failed to make either of them count. The first was a shot from outside the area that didn’t require a save from the Roma keeper and the second was an effort that flew over the bar when a pass to Higuain may have been the better option.
The visitors continued to threaten without breaking the deadlock but it was the introduction Roma veteran Francesco Totti, brought on in the 81st minute, that provided the bit of quality necessary for the game’s first goal.
The 39-year-old’s lofted pass created panic in the Napoli defence. The ball came to Maicon, who found Salah, who in turn managed to find Radja Nainggolan on the edge of the box. The midfielder held his composure to fire a well struck effort into the bottom left-hand corner, sending the Roma faithful into wild celebrations.